Former West Michigan Whitecaps RHP Warwick Saupold made his major-league debut for the Detroit Tigers on Saturday, and earned his first MLB win the next day.
The Australia native made his big-league debut against the Baltimore Orioles, entering Saturday’s game with one out in the bottom of the 8th inning. He pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up only one hit.
He pitched out of the bullpen again on Sunday, scattering two hits and two walks while striking out four Orioles batters in 2.2 scoreless innings. Saupold got the win after the Tigers took the lead on back-to-back homers before he was removed in the 8th inning.
Saupold pitched for the Whitecaps in 2012, going 2-1 with a 2.79 ERA, two saves, 58 strikeouts and 10 walks in 58 innings (28 games/one start). Last month he pitched the first five innings of a no-hitter for the Toledo Mud Hens.